Council implement travel policy for staff
Miles driven in private vehicles for business, known as grey fleet mileage, can be considered an 'easy option' for council staff: the employee uses their own car and the employer processes the resulting mileage claim.
Dumfries and Galloway Council was keen to implement a progressive new travel policy to tackle grey fleet and encourage the use of low-emission vehicles. Our Council introduced the following measures:
- The introduction of a grey fleet mileage reduction target which was implemented across all departments
- The use of electric vehicles within the current pool fleet
- Telematics units have now been fitted to Council vehicles to monitor driving styles
- Establishing a car club for both Council employees and the public.
The Grey Fleet Review revealed that Council staff travelled 2.86 million business miles in 2011/12. This has since been reduced to 2.17 million, a reduction of 23 percent within one year. The improvements have also resulted in estimated carbon savings of 231 tonnes and cost savings of £400,000 per annum.